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black Snowmass - Willow Lake Loop

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22.3 mile 35.9 kilometer loop
78% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 5,436' 1,657 m
Descent: -5,456' -1,663 m
High: 12,669' 3,862 m
Low: 8,396' 2,559 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Evan Tabor

A beautiful 2-day loop past Snowmass and Willow Lakes.

Evan Tabor

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This route combines the Maroon Snowmass Trail part of the Buckskin Pass Trail and East Snowmass to Willow Pass Trail to form a 22 mile loop that takes you past two alpine lakes and through lots of meadows and forest.

Description

Starting on the Maroon Snowmass Trail south up the valley along the creek until it meets with the Buckskin Pass Trail near Snowmass Lake and hang a left - it starts out gently sloping up until you reach the pass where the trail gets steep for the first time. Once past the first set of switchbacks, take another left toward Willow Lake; there is not much rest before the second ascent begins up to Willow Pass.

After Willow Pass, you can add an extra half mile down to Willow Lake or just stay left heading north up the the last steep ridge crossing.

Once over the ridge, stay on the East Snowmass Trail through beautiful meadows and forest until you reach the Snowmass Creek Road. The Maroon Snowmass Trailhead is just up the road so you'll be nearing your destination.

Flora & Fauna

Please be bear aware. Among other mountain mammals, bears frequent the area. If you're spending the night, be sure to bring bear cans, or another bear-proof food storage system.

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Aug 28, 2018
chris tullar
Our 2 gps devices had this loop over 24 miles. Fantastic loop that has it all, tough to run on some of the talus sections but endless beauty 24.3mi

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